With her first and only feature film—a hard-luck drama she wrote, directed, and starred
in—Barbara Loden turned in a groundbreaking work of American independent cinema,
bringing to life a kind of character seldom seen on-screen. Set amid a soot-choked
Pennsylvania landscape, and shot in an intensely intimate vérité style, the film takes up
with distant and soft-spoken Wanda (Loden), who has left her husband, lost custody of
her children, and now finds herself alone, drifting between dingy bars and motels, and
callously mistreated by a series of men—including a bank robber who ropes her into
his next criminal scheme. A rarely seen masterpiece that has nonetheless exerted an
outsize influence on generations of artists and filmmakers, Wanda is a compassionate
and wrenching portrait of a woman stranded on society’s margins.
Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation and GUCCI.
Janus Films is proud to present a touring retrospective spanning Abbas Kiarostami’s nearly five-decade career. This series includes new restorations, undertaken by the Criterion Collection and MK2, of The Koker Trilogy, Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us, and rarely screened shorts and documentaries.
Seattle, 1984. Taking their camera to the streets of what was supposedly America’s most livable city, filmmaker Martin Bell, photographer Mary Ellen Mark, and journalist Cheryl McCall set out to tell the stories of those society had left behind: homeless and runaway teenagers living on the city’s margins
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